Better than the first!
When I saw Clash of the Titans, I left the movie theater very disappointed. I had gone hoping for some crazy action, tons of amazing looking monsters and some seriously awesome battle scenes. In other words I was hoping for this movie.
Yeah, CotT was okay, but WotT was spectacular.
It's been several years since Perseus went on his last adventure with the Kraken. Perseus now has a son of about ten to twelve years of age. He is living an honest life as a fisherman and has nothing to do with the gods. That is, until Zeus, in all his Liam Neeson glory, shows up asking Perseus for help.
With no one worshiping the gods, their power is waning as are their ability to keep the titans locked within the bowels of Tartarus. Zeus is kidnapped and it eventually falls to Perseus to save mankind.
It takes about ten minutes for the action to start in WotT. Within twenty Perseus has already chased, fought, and killed a fire breathing chimera. And the action never lets up. You will have the moments when characters are talking, but it's always moving the story forward, so there is truly never a dull moment.
For the most part, the fighting is CGI, which all looks great. From the pegasus to the Minotaur to Kronos himself, everything is detailed and intricately beautiful. If you saw the first movie you know how well the Kraken looked. Perseus moves to several locations from a destroyed temple, to the underworld, to a desolate burning battleground; and again it's all well done, making the environments look real.
As far as story goes, there's not much to say. There is no love story, which is a plus for me, as I went for explosions and blood; which is what I got. The only real lesson you get is the bond between father and son as Perseus struggles with the relationship of being both a father and a son.
There is some change to a few characters but the changes do feel somewhat awkward and rushed. It's not enough to freak out about, but it is a little distracting. "Would this person really do this right now after all they've been through?" I would ask. And while we're on characters, the acting was fair, no tear jerking moments, but nothing that stand out as bad acting. The best by far was Bill Nighy (Davy Jones: Pirates of the Caribbean) who played Hephaestus. Watching him carry on a conversation with a metal owl is quite funny, and he really pulls off the crazy role.
There's not much to say about WotT. It's an action movie: you don't go for the acting the story or the characters, you go to see stuff go boom. If that's what you're after, go check this movie out; its definitely worth your time.
By the way, nothing after the credits.